Its Better with Friends – Great Group Ski Resorts for 2014
With the Winter Olympics well underway, many people are feeling an increased love of winter sports. A great way to enjoy that newly rejuvenated love is to go on a group holiday to a fabulous European ski resort.
Group holidays are a great idea, allowing like-minded people to enjoy the same event, and travel agents often offer discounts for groups. If you are thinking of taking a ski trip with the gang, consider one of these amazing ski resorts.
The Claviere Ski Resort is part of the Milky Way circuit and located only 10 minutes from Montegenevre Ski Resort in France. There are 160 kilometres of marked trails at the Claviere Ski Resort itself. The Milky Way circuit adds an additional 350 kilometres of slopes on the same lift pass. With so many kilometres of slopes, there are options for skiers of every level. Snowboarders even have snow parks within the circuit. Because the chairlifts are fast-moving between the resorts, accessing everything is easy.
Maria Alm is a great location for group ski holidays. They are equipped with facilities for children as well as a wide variety of runs to meet the needs of every ability level. As a member of the Ski Amade alliance, they have access to 865 kilometres of beautifully groomed slopes as well as 276 lifts. While the slopes are not all interconnected, there is easy access through buses and gondolas. With access to so many different routes on one ski pass and 100% snow coverage from snow machines, this is a great place to go on a group holiday because everyone’s needs will be met.
Schladming ski resort is located in a beautiful medieval village that is situated between four ski areas, making it one of the best linked ski circuits in Austria. Schladming ski resort is great for groups, even those that include small children, as it has a wide range of runs for all ability levels. There are even great ski and non-ski areas for children as young as 4 to begin learning to ski. Of the 167 kilometres of runs, Schladming has 50 kilometres of Blue runs for beginners, 100 kilometres of red runs for intermediate skiers, and 17 kilometres of black runs for advanced skiers. The snowboarders in your group should feel welcome as well because there are several fun half-pipes and parks to choose from.
The beautifully maintained ski area at Andalo Ski Resort has gorgeous scenery in a friendly village. There are a variety of slopes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers. One of the great things about Andalo Ski Resort is that even if you schedule your holiday a year in advance, you’ll still have plenty of fresh powder to ski on whether new snow has fallen that week or not. The snowmaking system that Andalo has is thought to be the best in the Dolomite Mountains with around 95% coverage.
Canazei Ski Resort is a medium-sized resort which links to others in the Val-di-Fassa ski region as well as the ski area Superski Dolomiti. If the members of your group are intermediate skiers or snowboarders, then Canazei will be a great fit. Their 150-kilometre ski area gives skiers and snowboarders a great deal of space to explore.